Aspergillosis and The National Aspergillosis Centre in Manchester

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Fungal Diseases/Aspergillus

meningitis-aspergillus-fumigatus-285Aspergillosis is the name of a group of conditions caused by a mould called aspergillus. This family of moulds usually affects the respiratory system (windpipe, sinuses and lungs), but can spread to anywhere in the body. Symptoms can vary from mild wheezing to coughing up blood and people with weakened immune systems are at a greater risk of being more severely affected. Manchester have a center for Fungal Diseases see the following link National Aspergillosis Centre Withenshaw Hospital.

Aspergillosis is the name given to a wide variety of diseases caused by infection by fungi of the genus Aspergillus. The majority of cases occur in people with underlying illnesses such as tuberculosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but with otherwise healthy immune systems. If it’s possible that you have aspergillosis, a number of checks and tests can be carried out to confirm the diagnosis and identify the specific type.

One of my friends found this piece for me to read about aspergillosis which has been found twice in my sputum tests over the past 2 years. As I find out more about aspergillosis and when it does and does not need treatment I will add to this post.

Source: Aspergillosis – Diagnosis – NHS Choices

Sputum Characteristics – Found this very useful

Green or Dark Yellow Phlegm
A thick and dark yellow phlegm may be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection, sinus infection, or lower respiratory tract infection. Typically, this occurs when the immune system sends white blood cells, known as neutrophils, to the area of infection. These cells contain a green protein, which, when present in large quantities, turn the mucus into a greenish hue.

A 2011 study published in the European Respiratory Journal, however, found that green or yellow phlegm does not always signify an infection. After some tests, researchers found only 59 of every 100 samples of green phlegm contained bacteria while only 46 out of every 100 samples of yellow phlegm contained bacteria. “Contrary to popular belief, having greenish mucus does not necessarily mean you have a bacterial infection,” Exline said.

Source: Sputum Characteristics

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